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GTX 760 2gb vs Radeon HD 7950 3gb

Trying up update my graphics card on my current build. Which of these is a better option? Can get both around a similar price point. I am a college student, I enjoy some video editting/photoshop but not a ton and gaming pretty often.

my current set up:
AMD Phenom II x4
GTX 460
4 gb of ram
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  1. GPU boss based their numbers on synthetic benchmarks and gets specs and numbers wrong often.

    For the cards, depending on what specific phenom you have, get the 760. It pulls a performance edge, and for 1080p at least the 3GB isnt needed.
  2. Best answer
    the 7950 is faster than the 760. the 7950 is more comparable to a 670.
  3. Gam3r01 said:


    lol, comparing an 800mhz 7950 to a 980mhz 760 is not fair, a 22.5% higher clock rate vs a measly 8% performance increase. everybody knows they will both reach an average overclock somewhere in the 1150mhz range and the 7950 will beat it clock for clock easily.

    fully expect a 7950 to be 5-10% faster than a 760.
  4. The 760 is the stronger card (and generally OCs better also, the 7950 has a slight advantage in memory bandwidth but not enough to overcome the processing of the 760
  5. Yet clock speeds arent everything.
    The 760 runs on a better architecture
    For games that support it, it runs Physx better than the CPUs that amd cards must run.
    The 760 can OC better typically as well.
  6. not sure where you guys have been in the last few years. the 7950 and 670 are comparable with the 670 having a slight overall performance edge while the 7950 has a vram advantage. also depending on the games being played. the 670 has 1344 cores while the 760 has 1152 cores and is noticably slower than a 670.

    what the op is basically asking is gtx760 vs r9-280. the short answer is the 280/7950 is definitely faster. about 5-12% faster at pixel rate, texture rate, floating point performance, and games overall.
  7. You cant argue with in game benchmarks.
    Synthetic may show different, but gaming performance is shown by gaming.
  8. Why do people constantly post old "benchmarks" as if they have any relationship to today?
  9. Cards dont gain performance from then to now.
    The 760 performs the same then as it would now, same for the 7950. Old benchmarks reflect older cards.

    NEW benchmarks, including new cards, still has 8% higher performance
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/R9_280X_OC/26.html
  10. slimething said:
    Why do people constantly post old "benchmarks" as if they have any relationship to today?



    not sure breh, its common knowledge argued over and over again that the 670 1344 core is somewhat comparable to the 7950, so how a 1152 core 760 is magically faster than a 7950 is just nonsense. also this is measured core clock to core clock so retarted reference core clocks dont matter.....
  11. Gam3r01 said:
    Cards dont gain performance from then to now.
    The 760 performs the same then as it would now, same for the 7950. Old benchmarks reflect older cards.

    NEW benchmarks, including new cards, still has 8% higher performance
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/R9_280X_OC/26.html


    its a 7950=280, not a 7970=280x
  12. The 280x is just the card I linked through, The other cards dont change their performance based on what you select as your "100% baseline"
  13. Gam3r01 said:
    Cards dont gain performance from then to now.
    The 760 performs the same then as it would now, same for the 7950. Old benchmarks reflect older cards.

    NEW benchmarks, including new cards, still has 8% higher performance
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/R9_280X_OC/26.html


    its a 7950=280, not a 7970=280x

    but that benchmark now shows a 760@915 and a 7950@800 and the difference dropped to 4%, instead of a 760@980 and a 7950@800 which was an 8% difference.

    800x1.05=840..... 800x1.08=864..... 1100x1.08=1188
    we all know for a fact that tahiti overclocks much better than gk104, tahiti held world records across all measures until titan. also dependent on the pcb design, some cards will overclock better. clock for clock, tahiti 7950/280 1792core is roughly 8% faster average than a 760 1152 core.

    this is in arguable. and i own an nvidia card too so its not fanboy stuff, its math, statistics, and user input. doller=dollar, the 7950 has mantle too which will give it about a 4-7% increase in these mantle enhanced games.
  14. Mind citing your sources here?
  15. http://lanoc.org/review/video-cards/6834-sapphire-dual-x-r9-280-oc?showall=&start=6
    over and over again, its just like anyone would expect.... they explicitly are running a 940mhz 1792 core tahiti against 920-1000mhz speed 760s.

    techpowerup, being the as objective as they can be while quietly being nvidia biased(in their performance summery page), suspiciously has never review an r9-280.
  16. If one really wants to they can find contradictory 'data' sources for one being better than the other, and many do, that's what they will cite over and over and over.....I've had both of these in an IB (3570K) and the 760 ran better/faster and OCed better
  17. well my twin frozr 7950 ran 1200core 1575mem 24/7 fine and stayed under 75c, would go to 1250core with 1.3v but would go over 82c and i never wanted to suicide run it too far on stock air. but i could consistently get slighly higher scores (2500k@4.5ghz) in 3dmark, unigen heaven/valley, catzilla, on air, then most 670 users. gaming was a different story we all know that... some games just prefer nvidia or amd. but how an 1152 shader core 760 would all of a sudden beat an 1344 shader core 670 is not just ridiculous, is physically impossible. we can find benchmark after benchmark of the 670 and 7950 trading blows as drivers mature and games are optimized, im not going to waste my time looking those facts up.
  18. Is it bad I might get the 760 just because I get watchdogs with it?
  19. Free 60-70 dollar game, you save 60 bucks if you look at it that way.
  20. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=8140415&sku=A271-7955
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125466

    These are the two cards i'm looking at, which is better regardless of price? Assuming I play standard games specifically like skyrim, darksouls, LoL, etc. And enjoy editting/photoshopping some.
  21. If you get the 760, get one from EVGA or ASUS they have better coolers and quality on them.
    Sapphire is a good brand, and Im surprised to see it back on tigerdirect honestly.
    I would go 760, free games, better performance(not getting into this again)
  22. well a free game that you ACTUALLY want to play is a sweet deal, get the 760, its a great card for the money and more than 1080p capable. even so the minus 2-3 fps you might see with clock to clock comparisons, and im going to assume its a used 7950, is just not worth it if they are costing you the same price. your never going to be able to tell the difference between a 760@1.0ghz vs 7950@950mhz vs 670@ 940mhz.

    but the 7950 is definitively slightly faster than the 760 in any measure besides physx or cuda.

    sapphire doesn't do nvidia.

    for nvidia cards in order of the best, evga, msi, gigabyte, asus... dont touch any other brands unless they are dramatically cheaper. but all four of those brands and top notch and worth the money.
  23. I have clients set a budget, if the760 fits in the budget, that's my choice - (though I also would go to the Asus CU model, same price, runs cooler and OCs well)
  24. nikoli707 said:

    but the 7950 is definitively slightly faster than the 760 in any measure besides physx or cuda.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_760_Mini_ITX_Gaming/24.html
  25. nikoli707 said:

    this is in arguable. and i own an nvidia card too so its not fanboy stuff, its math, statistics, and user input. doller=dollar, the 7950 has mantle too which will give it about a 4-7% increase in these mantle enhanced games.


    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_290X_Lightning/26.html
  26. nikoli707 said:
    well a free game that you ACTUALLY want to play is a sweet deal, get the 760, its a great card for the money and more than 1080p capable. even so the minus 2-3 fps you might see with clock to clock comparisons, and im going to assume its a used 7950, is just not worth it if they are costing you the same price. your never going to be able to tell the difference between a 760@1.0ghz vs 7950@950mhz vs 670@ 940mhz.

    but the 7950 is definitively slightly faster than the 760 in any measure besides physx or cuda.

    sapphire doesn't do nvidia.

    for nvidia cards in order of the best, evga, msi, gigabyte, asus... dont touch any other brands unless they are dramatically cheaper. but all four of those brands and top notch and worth the money.


    Alright I think i'll go with the 760, but which 760 is best to go with, they all seem to be around the same price, there are a ton of EVGA, Gigabyte, or Asus board I could go with, which would be the best one and why?
  27. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127745
    right now for the money comparing evga, msi, gigabyte or asus…. this msi twin frozr is $10 less than the rest after the rebate and is a great performing card.
  28. I'd go the Asus or a EVGA, I particularly like the cooling on the Asus CU model, OCs very well.
  29. Tradesman1 said:
    I'd go the Asus or a EVGA, I particularly like the cooling on the Asus CU model, OCs very well.


    The Asus model doesn't have the greatest reviews on Newegg? is this something I should be worried about? theyre all about $259.99 so I could probably get either one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121775 ASUS for reference
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932 EVGA for reference
  30. I've used over a dozen of them in client builds and no problems thus far, if worried though, the EVGAs are great cards also, with nVidia cards I normally look to and pick up one or the other, with AMD cards it's normally Asus or Gigabyte
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